California

Hotels in California

Manhattan hotelier Jason Pomeranc couldn’t have picked a more incongruous spot—a former Best Western—for his third West Coast outpost.

The modern boutique property exists in perfect harmony with San Francisco Bay: from its concrete and timber pilings thrust directly into the water to the century-old sea wall that retains the courtyard and the porthole windows found throughout the hotel.

For more than half a century, the Golden Door has invited guests to seek a healthy body and spirit on their 600-acres resort. The property, inspired by traditional ryokan inns in Japan, provides guests with an immersive spa experience characterized by Asian influences, like a Watsu water

This property is now a retreat center.

A 1950s hotel with a modern makeover, the Flamingo holds onto some of its old-time glamour: look to the rounded entryway awning and entry sign pole with retro neon lettering.

Opened in 2008, with a prime location half a mile north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Cavallo Point blends old and new to great effect.

Staying in the 19 Spanish revival casitas or 44 poolside rooms at the Borrego Ranch Resort, with its 42 acres of gardens and fountains, is like staying at a spa. Play the 18-hole Tom Fazio signature course or lounge on the rooftop deck at Morado Spa.

At the Sea Ranch Lodge—a rambling, 1970s-era complex with weathered cedar-plank walls that blend into the surrounding banks of sea grass—the only guest room without an ocean view offers a private hot tub instead.

Located within a block of the lively Venice boardwalk, the look of this hipster hotel is one of uncluttered, new-styled retro. Accommodations include 119 rooms, many of them with balconies and a view of the city or ocean.

 Mediterranean-style resort with a casual vibe and unbeatable access to the secluded 930-foot Bluebird Beach.

Room to Book: Those in the Towers Building are the largest.

Also known as the “Pink Palace,” this landmark hotel is housed in a pale-pink stucco building surrounded by tropical gardens. Originally built in 1912, the property is a gathering spot for the Hollywood elite, with former patrons ranging from Elizabeth Taylor to Paris Hilton.